Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm a very driven person (I run an aviation software company) but I
don't take myself too seriously and really enjoy laughing and
taking time to see the humor and irony in things.
To me, a sharp wit and a great sense of humor are the keys to
staying sane and enjoying life. I like to think these attributes
apply to me and I look for them in others. Similarly, I very much
believe that exercise and good eating are essential so I run and
bike (combined about 5 or 6 times a week recently) and buy organic
food if at all possible. I even like yogurt and granola for
breakfast but I don't wear Birkenstocks or insist on seeing the
resume of the food I eat (ever watch Portlandia?). Ok, but I do
drive a Prius so stay away if you like guys with monster trucks and
I've officially traded in my running shoes for cycling shoes and
signed up for the STP this year, a 200 mile bike ride from Seattle
to Portland. I just finished my first actual bike race yesterday
(Flying Wheels). It was 100 miles and I did it in a decent time
without any soreness or pain so I think I'm in a good place for
STP. I have to decide to do STP in one day or two now. My daughter
thinks I'm crazy and will hurt myself if I do the one day but she's
coming to believe I'm not completely out of my mind. My son thinks
I can the ride but still wonders why I don't just spend all that
time playing Xbox instead (he is addicted to the Xbox; I don't know
how to turn it on).
When not in motion, I like plays, movies, books, and good food and
wine. I've also travelled fairly extensively and think it expands
the mind (business trips to Kansas notwithstanding), in addition to
simply being fun.
I'm a licensed pilot (little four seat planes, not jets) and have a
small plane but haven't had a lot of time to fly lately. That's
something I'd like to change as there are so many beautiful and
interesting destinations in the Pacific Northwest.
I have two children and they are the best part of my life. They are
very different from each other and provide challenges and
excitement. Helping them grow up thrills me and scares me at the
I'd like to find someone who is bright and challenging but not
negative or condescending. Humor is key. Warmth is key. A good
education is appreciated but using Shakespearian quotations or
Latin to order dinner is a little over the top.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Running a small/mid-sized aviation software company and being a big
part of my kids' lives.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Using humor to make people feel comfortable, starting companies,
anything to do with computers. I'm also a decent pilot but if
you're on a commercial airline and the pilot gets sick, try to find
another pilot before I get the controls.
The first things people usually notice about me
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I tend to take charge of the situation and usually end up saying
something funny to make people feel at ease (well, I think it's
funny anyway...). I also tend to wear a lot of black but I don't
think humor and wearing black are necessarily related (hmmmm.. or
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: Just finished the 2nd JK Rowling detective novel (Silkworm)
-- it's good! On to the 5th Tana French novel about Irish murder
detectives. Read all the Henning Mankell novels and have recently
read Unbroken, The Hypnotist, Murder in Passy, and Eats, Shoot
Leaves. Tried Casual Vacancy but just could't finish it (sorry JK).
Read World War Z (don't laugh, not only is it actually good, I read
it w/ my 14 year old son as a prerequisite before he can see the
movie). History and non-fiction interest me, too.
Business books are perhaps the most extreme form of torture known
Movies: Master & Commander (I read the whole book series), The
Big Chill, A Fish Called Wanda, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Food: Almost anything, honestly. I like good food and wine very
much (into wine tasting and wine hunting) but I'm open to just
about any style -- depends on my mood. I end up eating a lot of
salads for lunch but I'm not a vegetarian.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
My two kids
My road bike and indoor bike for those rare rainy days in
A picture I bought in Paris 15 years ago
My favorite wine opener (really, it's very cool)
My new(ish) espresso machine
The Internet and my iPhone/iPad (I run a software company so it's a
work thing, not an addiction to Facebook et al)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
My kids, designing iPad apps for pilots
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Either home with the kids watching a movie or out with friends at
dinner, movie, etc.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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Seriously? I think this one is more appropriate with a cocktail or
glass of wine.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
you'd like a guy who is funny, smart, well-read &
well-traveled, a bit sarcastic, a genuinely nice guy (even my ex
would agree with that), in good shape without being a fanatic, and
has two great kids.
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